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Nadine Gordimer


Nadine Gordimer
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Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, when she was recognised as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".

Gordimer's writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as July's People were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. She has recently been active in HIV/AIDS causes. more »

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  • ''The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "A Bolter and the Invincible Summer," Lo...
  • ''Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Address, June 1990, to the international Writer's Day conference, London. "Censorship and its Afterma...
  • ''The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "Great Problems in the Street," I Will S...
  • ''If you live in Europe ... things change ... but continuity never seems to break. You don't have to throw the past away.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Madame Bagnelli, in Burger's Daughter, pt. 2 (1979).
  • ''A desert is a place without expectation.''
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "Pula!" London Magazine (Feb.-March 1973...
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